Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War
Speaker: Frank Grzyb
Monday, November 4, 2013, 7 p.m.
Herreshoff Community Room, Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol
Frank L. Grzyb will present his new book Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War. As the smallest state to defend the Union and one far from the battlefront, Rhode Island’s stories of the Civil War are often overlooked. From Brown University’s John M. Hay, later to become Lincoln’s assistant secretary, to the city of Newport’s role as the temporary headquarters for the U.S. Naval Academy, the Civil War history of the Ocean State is a fascinating if little-known tale. Few know that John Wilkes Booth visited Newport to meet his supposed fiancee just nine days before he assassinated President Lincoln. The State also contributed several high-ranking officers to the Union effort and, more surprisingly, two prominent officers to the Confederacy. Remarkably, Kady Southwell Brownell also openly served as a soldier in a Rhode Island infantry regiment. Join author Frank L. Grzyb as he talks about his investigation into Rhode Island’s rich Civil War history and unearths century-old stories that have since faded into obscurity.
Our speaker, Frank Grzyb is a decorated combat veteran and the author of three previous books including Rhode Island’s Civil War Hospital. Retired from government service, he and his wife reside in Portsmouth, R.I. His book will be available for purchase and signing following the program.